New €5 million research and development centre at Mondi Steinfeld to meet growing customer demand for sustainable packaging solutions
R&D centre will strengthen collaboration and knowledge transfer with customers
When completed, it will include pilot production lines for plastic and paper-based solutions, an analytical laboratory and a customer experience centre
Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, is investing around €5 million in a new research and development (R&D) centre at Mondi Steinfeld in Germany. This investment will support customers to develop packaging solutions together with Mondi to meet their sustainability goals.
Construction of the facility has begun and when completed it will include pilot production lines for both plastic and paper-based solutions - from coating, film extrusion and printing to filling lines for various products. The centre will also have an analytical laboratory and a customer experience centre floor, providing an open environment to meet and collaborate with customers at an early stage of new innovation development.
The R&D centre brings together experts with extensive knowledge of different materials and packaging types. Extrusion coating, aqueous dispersion coating and siliconisation will be available, as well as various printing machines. Filling equipment for different materials, including horizontal and vertical form, fill and seal lines, will allow customers to conduct trials without interrupting their own ongoing production. The facility also enables Mondi to work with its customers to develop pilot-scale solutions on site and accelerate the process from idea to scaled solution.
Elisabeth Schwaiger, Head of R&D and IP Flexible Packaging at Mondi, says, "This R&D centre demonstrates our hands-on approach to developing sustainable packaging solutions at Mondi. We look forward to working with our customers and combining their knowledge with ours to achieve their sustainable packaging goals. This investment also contributes to the sustainability goals of Mondi's 2030 Action Plan, in particular our goal to make 100% of our products reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025."
The research and development centre will open its doors at the end of 2023 and will complement Mondi's other research and development centres such as the recycling and food safety laboratories in Frantschach, Austria.